Teaching in some of Melbourne's most highly regarded secondary colleges, Anne has built a reputation as a passionate and dedicated flute teacher, with her students consistently achieving great success in Victorian Certificate of Education recitals, AMEB grade examinations and Performance Diplomas. Anne's teaching experience also includes working in the classroom at all secondary year levels and she specialises in preparing students in all aspects of VCE Music Performance; performance practise, aural training and musicianship.

Anne's private studio is currently located in Blackburn. Here, she hosts a wealth of talented young flutists, from beginners to advanced players.

Please contact Anne for details of availability and rates.

Back to Basics

1 - Tone

2 - Technique

3 - Back in the Swing

4 - Teaching Beginning Flutists (Part 1)

Regardless of your level of playing, whether you are a beginner or professional flutist, it is important to keep in touch with where things originate.

So, let’s take things back a step or two. Back to basics.What are the basics I hear you ask?

For me, the fundamental mechanics of flute playing fall into just a couple of categories.And it is from these fundamentals that everything is built!Just like building a house, if the foundation is strong and secure, the house will be solid and stable, ready to support the building of a great flutist!

First and foremost there’s tone! The essence of all things music! If it doesn’t sound good, no-one will want to listen will they?!It is really important to determine your own concept of what is a good tone. What is the quality of sound that you want to produce? My advice? Listen, listen and listen to great flute players. Let them be a reference point for what you want to achieve. Once you have your concept sorted and are able to produce that basic, desirable tone quality, then you have the core from which to develop a multitude of different qualities or colours. Return often to this tone and develop exercises as part of your warm up that incorporate this fundamental tone production. Play long tones. Play more long tones. And then try some more long tones. Use a consistent, supported air stream. Begin with a note you find ‘easy’ to focus. And when changing notes, make the transition flawless; air and fingers working in perfect accord.

Of course, a good tone is also enhanced by a good quality instrument that is working properly!But that’s another story for another time!

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